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Best PS3 First-Party Games That Deserve A PS5 Remake

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Highlights

  • Reviving classic PS3 games through remakes allows new and old gamers to experience beloved titles on modern consoles.
  • Capcom sets the bar high with
    Resident Evil
    remakes, motivating Sony to consider remaking first-party PS3 classics like
    Motorstorm
    and
    ModNation Racers
    .
  • Sony’s potential remake lineup includes
    LittleBigPlanet
    ,
    Puppeteer
    , and
    Infamous
    , offering updated visuals and gameplay for immersive experiences.

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Remakes seem to be all the rage with game studios at the moment, so why not look to the PS3 era? Taking well-received games and remaking them for modern consoles, allows new gamers to experience them and older gamers to relive them all over again. Some may receive a straightforward remaster, enhancing the original game’s visuals and performance alongside the capabilities of new consoles. However, these first-party PlayStation 3 games deserve a full remake, rebuilt from the ground up. Some remakes tend to make changes to the story, gameplay and overall design to better suit the modern hardware and improve parts players may not have found so great in the past.

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Capcom has already been hammering home brilliant remakes with their Resident Evil series in recent years, and Sony has already been making their fair share of remakes with the likes of The Last of Us Part 1, and the hugely replayable Demon’s Souls. With so many great games left on PlayStation 3, it’s time to see what great first-party games are deserving of a remake.

8 ModNation Racers

Metascore: 82

Modnation Racers Kart Racing

ModNation Racers

Released
May 25, 2010

Developer(s)
United Front Games

Genre(s)
Racing

It’s almost a unanimous decision by most gamers out there that Mario Kart is the best Kart racer going, even if there are a good number of other mascot racers on the market. Though there are a fair few kart games already available on the PlayStation 5 system, a return of the great ModNation Racers would be a welcome addition to that lineup.

Though the racer never managed to topple the king, it was a hugely rewarding and engrossing Kart Racer on its own. The game was packed with creativity, whether that was having gamers design their karts, character, or even their own racetracks. Now with the potential the PlayStation 5 could bring, a remake is due. Think LittleBigPlanet with Karts, (and no, that doesn’t mean LittleBigPlanet Karting). The game could thrive thanks to addictive gameplay and if it integrated a souped-up track creator like Ubisoft’s Trackmania series, the racing potential could be endless.

7 Puppeteer

Metascore: 80

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Puppeteer

Released
September 10, 2013

Genre(s)
Platformer

Puppeteer was a great PlayStation platformer that wasn’t talked about enough by players out there. The game is staged as a puppet show comes to life, with a charming theater aesthetic, complete with audience gasps and cries alongside on-the-fly set changes, presenting a truly captivating platformer.

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Puppeteer wasn’t just a game that relied on its whimsical charm, it also delivered a solid platforming experience to boot. Equipped with interchangeable heads, with some offering new abilities and a pair of magic scissors that can be used to traverse Puppeteers‘ world thanks to players snipping and cutting their way through the stage. It’s a delightful platformer to play, and one of the best games to cast the player in the role of a puppet, Better yet, it’s a vibrant and enchanting game that deserves to get a remake and hit the high notes it never could on the PlayStation 3.

6 LittleBigPlanet

Metascore: 95

Sackboy world Little Big Planet

LittleBigPlanet

Released
October 27, 2008

Genre(s)
Platformer

LittleBigPlanet was that game. The game pulled in a wide range of gamers and non-gamers alike and made them fall in love with gaming. Whether that be the pull of playing as an adorable Sackboy, a wide array of inventive and challenging platforming levels, or the potential for gamers to make and shape their own levels, limited only by their imagination. LittleBigPlanet had something for everyone.

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Sackboy has continued to thrive on PlayStation thanks to his latest platforming entry in Sackboy: A Big Adventure, but it was Media Molecules’ original game that had Sackboy at his best. With so many wonderful worlds and an emphasis on playing together, it built its own community, and it continued to thrive well beyond the game’s launch. A full remake of the game’s original levels and story would be a win for many fans out there. Still, a remake and updated revamp of all the original LittleBigPlanet had on offer could be an absolute triumph, and a new streamlined level maker, would be a huge pull for both creative and play-focused gamers alike.

5 Motorstorm

Metascore: 84

Motorstorm off road bike car

Motorstorm

Released
March 6, 2007

Developer(s)
Evolution Studios

Genre(s)
Racing

Racing games outside the well-known franchises seem to be getting rarer and rarer with each new console generation. Still, Evolution Studios’ excellent PlayStation 3 Motorstorm trilogy was an absolute winner for gamers and racing fans alike. The game was chaotic and adrenaline-fueled fun as racers smashed, crashed, and blasted across the well-designed tracks.

Motorstorm was a racer that brought fun and chaos to the forefront of its game. The carefully designed tracks led to alternate routes that benefited each vehicle type. Whether gamers chose to race a dirt bike or a hulking truck, there was always an optimal path for each vehicle to take and make up ground. It was a fast, cathartic racer that was only backed up by strong gameplay and tight racers that had many gamers pulling off some impressive last-minute wins. Whilst the PlayStation does have its staple racer in Gran Turismo 7, Motorstorm would offer gamers a racing experience at the other end of that racing spectrum, pure arcade racing fun.

4 Starhawk

Metascore: 77

Starhawk fight gun

Starhawk

Released
May 8, 2012

Developer(s)
Lightbox Interactive

Genre(s)
Third-Person Shooter

Without a doubt, Starhawk was one of PlayStation 3’s best multiplayer experiences. Whether gamers talk about the gorgeous Sci-Fi western setting, its well-refined third-person shooting or its key build and battle mechanic, Starhawk did almost everything right.

The game is probably most akin to Respawn studio’s Titanfall 2, a game that delivered an exceptional single-player campaign that also helped teach the games’ mechanics to be ready for them to take on its brilliant yet addictive online component. The game featured 32 player-filled matches and had the battlefield constantly evolving with new structures and vehicles escalating into massive showdowns. With how compelling Fortnite‘s build system has been with gamers, it’s hard to argue that a modern remake of this game, complete with the full multiplayer offering. Chuck is in a battle royale mode for players to thrive in, and it’s hard to deny that a Starhawk remake wouldn’t be a smash hit.

3 Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Metascore: 88

Uncharted Drake's Fortune Nate and Elena

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Released
November 19, 2007

Genre(s)
Action-Adventure

Naughty Dog has already had one of their PlayStation 3 classics remade for the PlayStation 5 in one of the console’s best games, The Last of Us. Though Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune has already received a PlayStation 4 remaster, thanks to the Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection, it’s a game that could go even further with a full remake, though there are rumours one may already be in the works.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was the first of many great games that wowed players with a classic treasure-hunting tale, as well as introducing them to the great, quip-filled treasure hunter that is Nathan Drake. The first entry in the franchise shows Drake’s growth as a person and delivers an exceptional adventure story filled with great gameplay and challenging levels (Yes, that does include the dreaded blue room). It’s a fantastic experience to this day, but with the promise of a full remake bringing about the same great results that The Last of Us Part 1 brought, it’s hard for any fan not to deny how great a remake could be.

2 Infamous

Metascore: 85

The main protagonist faces the viewer, electricity crackling behind him on an urban street.

Infamous

Released
May 26, 2009

Genre(s)
Action-Adventure

Sucker Punch Productions may currently be known for their exceptional work on the Stealth-action game Ghost of Tsushima. Still, back on the PlayStation 3, and early PlayStation 4, they were known for delivering the Infamous series. The superpowered, choice-driven open-world games allowed players to play as either a hero to the people or the villain of the city.

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The first entry in the electrically charged comic book franchise was arguably the best in the franchise thanks to the core origin story and difficult karmic decisions that had players struggling to choose the best option. The story delivered one of the best comic book experiences, and the electrical powers allowed players to be a truly destructive force. With how many superhero games are coming out, an Infamous remake would be right at home on the PlayStation 5 and give players another chance to experience Cole’s origin, supped-up to the max.

1 Resistance: Fall of Man

Metascore: 86

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Resistance: Fall of Man

Released
November 17, 2006

Developed by Insomniac Games, Resistance: Fall of Man was one of the launch titles for the PlayStation 3. Set in an alternate World War 2, which saw the world attacked by an alien invasion from a species known as the Chimera. The game puts players in the role of an American Sergeant, Nathan Hale, who’s dropped into a war-torn United Kingdom, in hopes of repelling the Chimeran forces.

The story itself was an interesting Sci-Fi narrative that drew so many players in and set the course for what would go on to be a fantastic trilogy on the PlayStation 3. The real draw of the game was the creative weaponry and well-refined gameplay. The PlayStation is a little light on first-party First-Person Shooters, so bringing back a full Resistance: Fall of Man remake, multiplayer included, could be a big win for Sony and gamers alike, plus the innovative DualSense controller would only boost the feel of the inventive weaponry.

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